‘Highway killer’ convicted in retrial
A man who went on a spree of murder and mayhem in 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars, without parole.
James D. Willie, 32, was convicted Thursday, September 8, of the murder of Lori Anne Carswell of Hernando. The body of the 48 year old casino employee was found by her car on the shoulder of MS 713 in Tunica County in the early morning hours of May 11, 2012.
District Attorney Brenda Mitchell successfully prosecuted the case last week in Cleveland, MS, before Circuit judge Albert Smith. Willie was defended by Clarksdale attorney Richard Lewis.
Fifteen Years Later
One Tunican’s special connection to a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks lent extra poignance to Sundays’ remembrance in downtown Tunica.
Arena manager, businessman and volunteer firefighter Steve Sosebee honored a fellow firefighter from New York City 15 years ago by flying the American flag at his business. He sent the flag and other memorabilia to the widow of Carl Binie and has since kept in contact with the family.
Sosebee said Sunday he picked Bini for his memorial when he discovered striking similarities in his and Bini’s lives: both the same age (44 in 2001), both emergency responders, both with parents named Raymond and Lillian.
Christine Bini was invited by Sosebee and Patriot Day organizer Danny Smith to attend Tunica’s 15th anniversary program. Mrs. Bini was unable to attend (as she explains) but sent the letter that was read at the program and is reprinted below, a touching reminder of her late husband and the loss her family still feels.
Mrs. Bini wrote:
A Flag Folding and Bell Ceremony for 9/11
Tuesday, September 11, 2001, dawned temperate and nearly cloudless in the eastern United States.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!*
We in Tunica readied ourselves for a normal day of work, school, and other planned activities and appointments, not realizing that this day would be anything but normal.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
Woman, 62, survives vicious rape, assault
A violent assault in the early morning hours of August 2 has left the 62 year old victim afraid to return to her home in the Old Sub neighborhood in Tunica. The woman, who was raped and severely beaten, is staying out of town after being released from the hospital.
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